You are certainly not alone if you have experienced injury or pain while enjoying a favorite winter pursuit. Before taking to the great outdoors to join in winter activities, be aware of potential injuries waiting to snare you. Adopting a “prevention is better than cure” approach is a wise strategy to follow, and helps avoid any need to recover from winter injuries.
5 Awareness Tips for Winter Pursuits
Following these general tips will help you stay safer outside while engaging in your chosen seasonal activity. While it may seem simple common sense:
- Multiple layers of clothing insulate your body and can be discarded as needed
- Keep hydrated with frequent water breaks to keep your body functioning well
- Start with vital muscle warm-up routines like light exercise or stretching
- Avoid the push-the-limit/dare-devil approach, particularly when tired
- If you do suffer pain or injury, stop the activity immediately
Recover From Winter Injuries Using P. R. I. C. E Principles
Injury victims should consider the P.R.I.C.E approach as soon as possible after sustaining an injury. The first 24 to 72 hour period is particularly important. Let’s take a closer look at the basic principles of “PRICE”:
P = Protection – Protection is intended to minimize any risk of further injury in the affected zone. In the case of an injured foot, for example, crutches will help redistribute gravitational issues, thereby avoiding further weight bearing aggravation.
R = Rest – Rest is usually the first thing your physician recommends following an injury. While time is the best healer, few of us are in a position to take time off and rest up. Rest that is not completely restrictive is fine. As any physio will concur, some movement in the form of gentle ranges of motion and joint and muscle movement in the area of the injury is essential.
I = Ice – The word “ice” in this context alludes to the use of cold temperature treatments. These include a form of treatment we call cryotherapy, something our earliest ancestors used in the treatment of injuries. Ice helps reduce inflammation and decrease pain when applied to the affected area. Perhaps the most common example is the ‘magic’ plastic bag filled with ice cubes introduced to the pain zone or injury area. Whole body cryotherapy or localized cryotherapy are highly effective forms of ice treatment for injuries.
C = Compression – Compression wrapping the injured area not only provides support, but also helps contain further swelling. A nurse or other trained person that knows about the correct use of elastic bandages in treating injuries should apply the wrapping. The right tension is required, but not overly tight to cause numbness around the injury.
E = Elevation – Elevation, or lifting is used to reduce the accumulation of fluid in or around the injury. This is important for controlling swelling and reducing pain.
Recover from Winter Injuries – Bring on the Ice!
The PRICE concept is crucial to the healing process. It starts by protecting the injured area from further damage. PRICE offers a holistic approach in injury treatment, and assists those affected recover from winter injuries. You don’t have to wait for an injury to enjoy the many benefits of our advanced form of treatment, namely whole body cryotherapy or localized cryotherapy.
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